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Join us for our 2nd annual…. STEMapalooza! More Fun! More Shows! More to Do and See! Get Slimed – or Just Make Slime! Goodies Galore! Including FREE STEMapalooza T-shirt/custom patch! stem Science, Technology, Engineering & Math You Like STEM? That’s for Girls! GS Botics, also known as Girl Scout Junior Troop 20597, dove right into their first season as a competing team in the FIRST LEGO League. Their courage and teamwork paid off when they took home Best Rookie Team at their first regional competition. These four young girls from Chicago worked together in the unique program that inspires young people to be science and technology leaders through mentor-based programs. FIRST LEGO League requires that each team design and program a LEGO robot to perform a specific task based on the year’s competition theme. “I think because of all the STEM programs I’ve done have shown me something new, when we were asked if we wanted to start a team, I thought it would be something cool to do,” said GS Botics team member Allyson Rodriguez. Page 56 STEM After an experience at a Journey World program about space, Allyson better understood scientific method, and said that knowledge helped her team when they encountered problems during the competition. They asked “What if…?” instead of settling on a solution. “We would work out together a solution that was best for the team,” she said. “Either we would use one idea or took pieces of each idea.” Team parent, Rosa Garcia, noticed a difference in the team as she observed them during the competition season. “The girls went from saying, ‘My idea’ and ‘I did this,’ to acknowledging each other’s strengths, allowing the stronger girl to lead and allowing others the opportunity to learn,” Rosa said. “They blew me away.” gs Experiment with hands-on activities. Check out interactive science shows! Interact with women engineers and meet the coolest scientists and STEM professionals in Chicagoland! This is a CAN’T MISS event!!! Location: Girl Scout Friendship Center 5100 Sunset Lane Country Club Hills, IL Date: March 9, 2013 Time: 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $19/girl and $10/adult Register by Feb. 16 and receive a $3 per girl discount! Code: 320643 (w/ own transportation) Bus Transportation available! (add $5 per individual for bus) From Vernon Hills Gathering Place: Code: 320653 From Lisle Gathering Place Code: 320663 From Merrillville Gathering Place: Code: 320673 From Journey World: Code: 320683 Register at: Questions? Contact Ashley Smith at or 312-912-6376 Our programs in science, technology, engineering and math empower girls to be leaders and innovators


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